The blog of Councillor Ewan Aitken, Labour Member for ward 14, Craigentinny/Duddingston, City of Edinburgh Council
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Sunday, 12 October 2008
The solution will not be found in cheap politcial point scoring
The credit crunch will hit us all no matter who we are so it is unacceptable of the SNP to try to engineer a political point even when everyone else is trying to work together. The claim that Scotland is owed £1b is nothing more than a "I haven'y a clue what to do so I'll blame it on Westminster" politics. After trying desperately to be the heroes of the hour with talk of buying HBOSwhen it was patently obvious that this was fairyland political posturing, the £1b claim is an attempt to create another "if only we were independent" story at a time when what is abundantly clear is that we need each other as nations more and more. Given that no Government is saying they can act alone, most Governments are saying they will follow the support model devised by Westminster and the cash needed by banks dwarfs the figure the SNP are demanding, what exactly is it the SNP think they could do that is not being don by Westminster? At a time when we needed statesmanship, their attempts at "oneupmanship" has simply let Scotland down.
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I was elected to the City of Edinburgh Council in 1999. After 7 years of being very heavily involved in Education, I was elected Council Leader in August 2006 and from May 2007 until June 2008 was Labour Group leader when I returned to the backbenches
I am ordained in the Church of Scotland but I don't have a parish. Instead I am the Secretary of the Church of Scotland's Church and Society Council.
I am an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Glasgow and an Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh University. I am married with two children, I am a member of the Iona Community and I enjoy sports though mostly as an armchair critic.
I welcome strong opinions strongly expressed, but please don't use this blog if you intend to be abusive or intend to use offensive language. The public conversation that I want to encourage must be based on mutual respect and common courtesy.